Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Kansas Board of Education Decision

I went over to sfgate.com to see how the California propositions were coming along and I saw that the Kansas Board of Ed approved ID -- again. This was very disappointing news.

(11-08) 19:18 PST Topeka, Kan. (AP) --

Revisiting a topic that exposed Kansas to nationwide ridicule six years ago, the state Board of Education approved science standards for public schools Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.

The 6-4 vote was a victory for intelligent design advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.

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But they also declare that the basic Darwinian theory that all life had a common origin and that natural chemical processes created the building blocks of life have been challenged in recent years by fossil evidence and molecular biology.

In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena.

A Board of Education rewrites the definition of science? The. Mind. Boggles.

Please, tell me how to donate to the campaigns of the opponents of the Kansas Board of Education members who voted for this. Can they be recalled? I'll donate to the legal fund that takes this to court.

4 comments:

Kira Connally said...

This sounds like circular logic to me...use molecular biology to cast doubt on Darwin, then redefine the rules they used in the first place.

Sad. I wish the people who purport that Creationism is a fact had a little tolerance for people searching for provable truth.

emeraldcite said...

On the bright side, voters in PA voted out the Dover school board members that tried to get ID into the classrooms. I'm all for philosophical discussion, but give me fact and logic in the science class room.

Saying that there are gaps is a no-brainer. Of course there are gaps, we couldn't explain everything in scientfic terms 100 years ago, but we can explain more of it today.

To say that it's too complex for us to understand is the same reason the Greeks had Apollo as the sun god. They couldn't explain it in human terms, so they explained it in supernatural ones...

Dawno said...

That's good news about the Dover School Board, Emeraldcite, thanks!

Ray Wong said...

I'm so proud of my home state, Pennsylvania.